SOUL PICNIC 2019 warmer weather offerings at The Nest
Spring slowly unfolds into Summer. Time slows down. Maybe with the warmer weather some breathing room for inner discovery or renewal? The Nest becomes your refuge. Quiet. Cool. Unhurried. Uncommitted. A veritable feast of materials providing nourishment for creative expression and spiritual inquiry.
Mid-May through mid-August, in keeping with the spirit of the summer months, The Nest will be open expanded hours on a come-when-you-want-to-for-as-long-as-you-want-to basis.
There will be a prompt on a theme each day The Nest is open and some questions for reflection to guide your interior process--whether you are a writer, a visual creator, a dabbler or just curious how art making and spirituality inform each other. You can choose to work undirected with the prompts offered or I can gently guided you in your exploration. And, if the prompt doesn't speak to you, you are, as always, welcome to do your own art/spirit thing using the ever changing materials at The Nest.
The Nest Summer Schedule Tuesdays: June 4 through August 13, 12:00pm to at least 3:00pm The theme? Spiritual Biography:suggested prompts to cultivate, nourish and expand the deep well of your inner life Thursdays: May 16 through August 15, 1:00pm-7:00pm The theme? Wild Goose: prompts inspired by Mary Oliver’s poetry and women mystics
Fridays, June 14 through August 16, 12:00-7:00pm The theme? Life/Story:prompts invoking memories you want to carry forward. Create an ongoing memoir of life stories this summer
Note:Friday Art Wind Down hours will remain 2:30-5:30 through June 7. Starting on June 14, Art Wind Down hours will be expanded from 12:00-7:00pm through the summer.
Every Other Sunday, 1:00-4:00pm June 2, June 16, June 30, July 14, July 28, August 11 The theme? Kindred Spirits: prompts inspired by nature and animals
On-Going Collaborative Summer Project:the creation of a collective book unpacking the images and metaphors of "nest." You are welcome to add a page to this project, offering your own visual and/or literary contributions on the theme of "Nest."
cost per session is on a sliding scale: $10-40 *if this amount is prohibitive to you, please let me know and we will work together to find a mutually agreeable arrangement
These sessions are all drop-in. Of course, it is always helpful to know if you plan to come to The Nest on a certain day: firstname.lastname@example.org or call/text 413-348-2385.
The Nest is air-conditioned. It is located on the second floor of First Churches, located at 129 Main Street, Northampton, MA . The entrance to The Nest space is on 11 Center Street, which runs next to the church off of Main Street. Regretfully, there is no elevator up to the space. If you wish to participate and you have mobility issues, I will gladly attempt to make arrangements for accessible space on the first floor.
There are several options for parking near The Nest space. The parking garage behind Thorne's Market is a five-minute walk from The Nest. The first hour is free; each additional hour is 75 cents. The James House/Gothic Street parking lot on Gothic Street is also a five-minute walk from The Nest. The cost is 25 cents per hour for up to ten hours. Public parking is available in the small TD Bank lot just across from the entrance to The Nest for $1 per hour but spaces can be hard to come by. On the street parking is 75 cents per hour, with a two hour limit or you can download a mobile parking app at www.parkmobile.com.